November 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg A camera which spent a year at the bottom of the ocean has been returned to its owner after being discovered by a scuba diving wildlife photographer.

Markus Thompson had been diving Vancouver, British Columbia when he came across the submerged Canon EOS 1000D camera.

Despite the apparent state of the camera, Thompson was able to recover 50 images of a family vacation from the memory card.

He then posted the images on his Google+ page and asked if any one knew the people in them so that he could return the camera and their photos. And they did.

Frisbee speedboat catch goes viral (Video)


We love trickshots, and so does the internet. So it comes as no surprise that a video of a Frisbee catch from a speeding has become an online hit.


The 80-second clip from the guys at Everything Ultimate starts off with one of their crew standing on a bridge.

He then hurls the Frisbee towards the water only for a speed boat to come into view and Brodie Smith jump off, catching the Frisbee mid-air before he hits the water.

It's seriously impressive, and if they hadn't provided multiple camera angles of the stunt we'd have been queuing up on YouTube to shout Fake!

275x250.jpg Female bosses are more tolerant of employees doing personal chores during work hours new research has shown.
 

Instead of berating colleagues for getting errands done in company time, women are more likely to appreciate the fact that staff have to maintain a work–life balance.

They will only address the issue if employees are behind in their work when  spotted on Facebook, Twitter or shopping websites, or overhearing them making personal calls.
 
Female bosses are also more likely to take the personal situation of staff into account when it comes to managing and reprimanding their staff.
 
In contrast, male bosses were more inclined to tell employees off for letting home life get in the way of work, and admitted to having to do so on a daily basis.
 


Some dogs bring their owner a newspaper or their slippers -- but this one goes much further and even does the shopping.


That's right, a man in China has trained his dog to do the grocery shopping by taking a shopping list money in a basket to the shops.

The lazy owner says he started off by taking the dog shopping with him and  getting it to carry they bags home. Then it progressed to going on its own.

While the man is all very happy at the moment… let's see how he feels when the pooch returns with a basket full of gnawed bones.


Marmite spill causes sticky situation on M1

275x250.jpg A major clean-up operation had to be launched on the M1 near Sheffield -- when a tanker carrying more than 20 tonnes of Marmite overturned.

The accident happened overnight between junction 32 and 33 and the yeasty spill caused delays for rush-hour commuters.

And while we feel sorry for anyone stuck in the traffic backlog, we're more interested in the puns and jokes the accident prompted on Twitter.

Our favourites include: "Did it affect the yeastbound carriageway?" by @suthers, "My mum's driving down the M1 to see me. I'm worried marmite be late" by @malcolmcoles and Getting a bit bored of all the #Marmite jokes now across the media. At yeast the M1 is open again..." by @garethherincx


They were being honoured together for the time they spent battling it out on the football field -- but for pensioners Joe Kapp and Angelo Mosca old rivalries die hard.


The pair of 73-year-olds -- who were being celebrated at a Canadian Football League luncheon -- recently started brawling on a stage at the event.

Mosca had apparently tried to offer Kapp a flower to make up for the the grudge between the two which began during the 1963 Grey Cup -- but he wasn't having any of it.

He swung his walking cane at his aged rival, in turn prompting Mosca to swing his fists at him and knocking him to the ground.


A video of a porcupine enjoying a corn on the cob so much that it squeals when someone tries to take it away has become an online hit. Obviously.


Teddy Bear the North American porcupine was recorded by staff at Zooniversity (a mobile teaching zoo) after they realised he was being particularly grumpy.

After giving Teddy an ear of corn, they tried to take it from him to see (or rather hear) how he responded… and oh boy did he.

He released a bizarre series of squeals which bosses say was so impressive they've been contacted by two major TV networks wanting to use the footage.


If we hadn't brushed up on our zombie-survival skills, this could have really scared us… meet the world's biggest Zombie walk.

 
Thousands of undead zombies (or people dressed as them) have wandered through Mexico City this weekend in a bid to set a new world record.

Covered with suitable amounts of fake blood and gore nearly 10,000 people are said to have taken part in the event aimed to take peoples minds off economic stress.
 

275x250.jpg When 16-year-old Luke Stillman bought a "deactivated" shell from a military memorabilia website, he hoped it would be a good example.

What the military-mad lad didn't expect, was for the 81mm mortar round to explode in his hand as he examined it.

But that's exactly what did happen, blowing off the tip of his thumb and requiring Luke to be rushed to hospital in Northants.

There doctors treated the weapon injuries and police have apparently now launched an investigation into what happened.

While it's thought the vendor had since been banned from trading it won't matter to Luke… his dad says he's not buying any more shells.



A woman from London has apparently been arrested after a video of her launching into a racist rant on a tram was uploaded to YouTube.

The two-minute video -- which instantly went viral -- featured a mother, with her young boy sitting on her knee on the Croydon to Wimbledon service in South London.

In an expletive-filled tirade she complained that other passengers were not English, saying: "You ain't English. You ain't English either. None of you are f***ing English. Get back to your own...

"My Britain's f*** all now. My British is f*** all." she added… and with people like her it really is.

275x250.jpg Researchers have found that more than half of Brits admit to keeping an eye on their neighbours’ comings and goings and regularly snoop on them to see what they’re up to.
 

Watching from the window, listening over the fence, looking through their rubbish and Googling how much they paid for the property are just some of the ways we keep tabs on our neighbours.
 
Forty four per cent of 2,000 adults polled said they can’t resist having a nose if another resident on their street gets a delivery or has guests to visit.
 
A quarter of people say they know if their neighbours are having relationship problems and half even keep track of new guests and visitors they haven’t seen before.

Despite this, most Brits don't consider themselves as nosy, instead saying that they think it is neighbourly to keep an eye on what's happening on their street.


A mad-capped pianist has dragged his piano up a mountain in Kanchanaburi, Thailand to serenade a group of blind elephants. As you do.


50-year-old Brit Paul Barton -- who played Slow Movement 2 from Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata for the beasts -- made the odd bid in order to raise money for charity.

He says he hopes to raise enough money to install an electric fence at the sanctuary where the injured and handicapped elephants live.

Barton was also quick to point out that the keys on his piano were made from synthetic plastic and that no elephants were injured for the making of his music.

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It's more pee than Wii for gamers at a bar in London -- where urine-controlled video games have been installed in their toilets.

Loo-goers at the Exhibit Bar in Balham get to play games -- including askiing game and a quiz -- every time they go to the toilet.

Users (men only) aim their pee in the specially-crafted urinals to control the games which are displayed on LCD screens mounted above.

Bar bosses hope the games will not only attract new customers, but that regulars will drink more in order to play longer and set news high scores.


She was meant to be reporting from the Christmas festivities at South Street Seaport in New York… but this journalist was far from full of the festive spirit.

As she talked about the lighting of the Christmas tree and the historic architecture of the area an overweight boy waved in the background.

But the MyFoxNY woman wasn't having any of it and rather than carry on and ignore the lad she said: "Alright, if you could stop waving for a second, we're going to showcase that building back there."

275x250.jpg Scientists claim the D'oh catchphrase of Homer Simpson could have been one of the first words ever uttered by modern man.

Boffins from the University of Amsterdam say this is because of the way in which our prehistoric ancestors vocal tract was formed.

The shape and mechanics of the mouth and throat meant that while speech would have been limited, the 'u' sound would have been one of the easiest to make.

Dr de Boer -- who studied the hyoid bone of ancient vocal tracts -- says this would frequently have been put together to make 'Duh' and 'Buh' sounds.

He suggests the first words would have been spoken about million years ago… and are not dissimilar to those used by many men today.


Sometimes science can be used to benefit the whole of mankind... other times it can be used to do things like launch a can of beer into space.

This video shows how a pair of beer lovers sent a can of 'Natural Light' beer to the edge of space using a weather balloon and a Styrofoam mini fridge.

After getting permission to launch the balloon from the FAA they did just that and it soared to 90,000 ft and plummeting back to Earth.

While the actual can in the footage has been drained (the temperature would have caused it to explode) there was another full one in the camera box and survived the journey and got drunk after the landing.

275x250.jpg A 16-year-old burglar who was ordered to write a letter to the victims of his crime did -- and he called them dumb in it.

The young criminal had been sentenced to a 12-month Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Plan, part of which included writing to his victims.

It had been hoped this would make him confront the way his crime had impacted others and make him see the emotional consequences of his actions.

Instead it gave him a chance to insult them (or would have if it hadn't been intercepted) using the sort of bad grammar and spelling mistakes you only normally see on Newslite.


It's amazing how salmon know to swim upstream to lay their eggs and are able to find their way negotiating rapids and waterfalls… usually.

But a video of lost and confused salmon trying to cross a flooded road in Washington State has become an online hit.

Experts say the salmon were filmed on the side of the Skokomish Valley Road in Seattle after heavy rain had caused flooding to nearby rivers.

The unusual footage shows them wriggling in the water as cars driver past… and answers the question 'why did the salmon cross the road?' -- which no-one had ever asked before seeing this.

275x250.jpg American Samoa -- ranked as the worst international football team in the world -- have finally won their first game… after 17 years of trying.

The US protectorate have previously suffered some embarrassing loses -- including a 31-0 thrashing by 31-0 and are bottom of Fifa's rankings.

But following 30 straight defeats the team have this week managed to get a 2-1 victory over Tonga.

Reports say the players and coach reacted to the win like they'd just won the Premiership, Champions League and World Cup all at the same time.

However, coach Thomas Rongen isn't getting carried away and described the win as "part of soccer history" okay maybe he was getting carried away.


An 18-year-old student who bizarrely became trapped in a clothes horse after falling out of bed had to call the fire brigade to free her.

Danielle Morgan ended up with her neck and shoulders wedged between the bars in the odd accident and initially called friends to free her.

However, they seem to have been more interested in taking photos and videos to upload to YouTube and eventually the fire brigade and bolt cutters were required.

A team attended the incident at Sir Peter Hilton Court, Derby University and freed the red-faced first-year student.c

275x250.jpg It was a sound which greeted millions of computer users and is forever associated with Microsoft Windows -- but this theme was composed on a Mac.

Music legend Brian Eno has recently described the process of being hired by Microsoft to create a selection of possible themes for Windows 95.

Speaking on BBC’s The Museum of Curiosity Eno said the he was given a list of adjectives which the four second piece should convey -- including inspirational, sexy, driving, provocative and nostalgic.

Then he revealed that he used an Apple Mac to knock up 83 pieces for Microsoft to choose from before adding the kicker.

No I wrote it on a Mac. I've never used a PC in my life; I don't like them," he said.


We think it's safe to assume this duo are glad they don't walk a little bit faster -- because if they did, they'd be toast.

That's because as they were walking along a pavement in Peterborough city centre a manhole exploded and a fireball erupted in front of they.

Video footage recorded by CCTV camera outside a nightclub shows the duo jump in horror as the flames flash up from where they were about to walk.

While BT engineers are looking into the explosion, some people claim it must be a gas leak… though we like to think it was the Peterborough dragon.

275x250.jpg Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian and Prince Harry are just some of the stars people would really like to see enter the jungle on ‘I’m a Celebrity... Get me out of Here!’

Almost 2,000 people were asked who they'd really like to see star in a series of I’m a Celebrity... -- and the line-up is unsurprisingly more impressive than the current ITV offering.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, emerged as the most desirable contestant, with 76% of the respondents, saying that they would like to see her in the ‘Celebrity Jungle’.

She was followed by Kim Kardashian, Lady GaGa, Prince Harry, Paul Gascoigne.

Other celebs people wanted to see eating kangaroo penis included Ant & Dec, Gary Barlow Frankie Sandford and David Cameron… though some people just wanted to see him leave the country.

Tear gas thrown in South Korean parliament


We thought politics was getting interesting when Baroness Trumpington recently gave a two-finger salute in the House of Lords.


But that hand gesture pales into insignificance when compared to the antics in the South Korean parliament -- where an opposition MP reportedly used tear gas.

Video footage shows what happened after Kim Sung-dong threw a powder substance towards the parliament's deputy speaker Chung Eui-hwa.

As Chung wiped his eyes other lawmakers covered their mouths with handkerchiefs and  security guards ushered a shouting Kim from the chamber.

275x250.jpg Despite the fact that Brits are renowned for their impeccable manners, research suggests saying "Thank You" is fast becoming a thing of the past.

That's because one in three of us now opts for the less formal 'Cheers' and other 'Thank You' alternatives commonly used include: 'ta', 'merci', 'nice one' and 'cool'.

But it's not all bad news for sticklers of good manners -- it was also found that average person will say thank you nearly 5,000 times a year.

And 95% of those surveyed claim manners are important to them while eight in ten Brits believe their own etiquette is spot on.

However, 73% of Brits also reveal that the reasoning behind why they say ‘thank you’ is because they were brought up to do so rather than being genuinely grateful.


A New Zealand helicopter pilot has somehow escaped from a horror crash which happened as he was putting up a seven-story Christmas tree.


Greg Gribble had been using the copter to install the massive Telecom Christmas Tree at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour and the moment was being broadcast on live TV.

But as the pilot with 20 years of experience descended, the B2 Squirrel became tangled in cables attached to scaffolding and the helicopter was put into a spin.

As the back of the helicopter snapped, Gribble was thrown out and terrifyingly close to the spinning blades and everything came crashing down to the ground.


This pair of crooks thought they'd planned the perfect crime, they filled a supermarket trolley with booze and legged it outside quickly filling their car.


But that's when their plan came unstuck -- because they'd forgotten to put any petrol in their getaway vehicle and it wasn't going anywhere.

Rose Devlin, 59, and Denise Egan, 52, then had to push the booze-laden car to the petrol station at the supermarket they'd just raided to fill up.

Unsurprisingly their antics were caught on CCTV and police soon caught up with them.

275x250.jpg How much attention do you give the button at a pedestrian crossing? Well if this is anything to go by, maybe you should be looking a little closer.

An eagle-eyed pedestrian has noticed that a series of pedestrian crossing in Bristol have been altered to offer button-pressers cups of tea or hugs.

Carlton Jefferis was crossing the road when he noticed the button had been altered to read: "PEDESTRIANS push button for a cup of tea"

Writing on Twitter after tweeting the image, Jefferis said: "Is this the new Banksy? Looks like a professional job, could be a Banksy wannabe but hope it's the real thing!"


In the right hands, a bag of flour can be used to create fantastic foods, but in the wrong hands it can be a weapon of mass destruction.

At least that's what one mother was probably thinking when she discovered her darling children had covered their entire home with the white powder.

A video showing the moment the unfortunate mom discovered the flour-based devastation -- along with her grinning young boys -- has now become a hit on YouTube.

Footage shows the mother repeatedly saying "Oh my gosh!" as she walks around the flour covered living room and hallways… and is a warning to parents everywhere.

275x250.jpg A doctor in Germany has apparently been sued by a patient after playing a vuvuzela in front of his practice.

The patient claims that during the South African World Cup last summer, the doctor played the annoying instrument near her, causing ear trauma.

She is now demanding £4,500 in damages and £700 in compensation and a civil suit is being heard at a court in Augsburg this week.

The woman -- who was already suffering from tinnitus -- had been offered £1,700 in damages, but is holding out for more.

Well either that or she didn't hear the doctor make her the offer.


A video of a pet Labrador going rogue and chasing a huge group of deer in Richmond Park in London has become an online hit.

The footage starts off by showing a small number of deer relaxing in the sun, but then as a man shouts in the distance, dozens more deer charge through the park.

Then it becomes clear why -- the Labrador is chasing them as his owner continues to scream: "Benton, Benton! Oh Jesus Christ, Benton!"

The fleeing deer, followed by Benton, who is in turn followed by his posh-sounding owner continue to run across a road… and all too soon the 47 second clip ends.

Drunk driver called 911 to turn himself in

275x250.jpg When a US man realised someone was drinking and driving, he did the sensible thing and called 911... even though he was the intoxicated motorist.

That's right, the 21-year-old from Merrill called emergency services to report himself to cops.

The dispatcher asked the man to pull over -- which he dutifully did -- and he waited there for officers to arrive.

When cops arrived at his stationary car on Main Street, the man was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

It's not known if after sobering up he wondered who had turned him in.


The chances are we'll never get to go to Mars. And even if we did, we wouldn't want to spend five years, three months and 27 days discovering the planet like the Mars rover Spirit did.

Which is why we're glad someone has decided to make a time-lapse video of the mission which we can enjoy from the comfort of YouTube.

The three minute video consists of almost 3,500 images taken by Spirit's front-right camera which are played at 24 frames per second.

Footage shows the 4.8mile journey across rocks, hills and stirring up the light-coloured soil… which Spirit ended up getting helplessly trapped in.


An incredibly cute and sleepy dormouse has become an online hit -- without even having to wake up to do so.

Footage shot by Surrey Wildlife Trust shows the dozing rodent being discovered nesting boxes in woods near Leatherhead.

The cute critter -- lying on his back snoring with his paws tucked in -- is then held in the palm of a nature officer before being weighed and sexed.

Writing on YouTube a spokesperson for Surrey Wildlife Trust said: "Don't worry, the dormouse wasn't dying or having breathing problems.

275x250.jpg The average woman owns 12 items of clothing which she bought - purely because a friend looked so good in the same thing.

A recent study found found most females have a large percentage of clothing in their wardrobe which they first noticed on someone who sits near them at work or was worn by a friend.
 
Around one in three of 2,000 women polled said they have bought an item of clothing within days of seeing a friend in one.
 
Another third admitted copying an entire outfit from a friend and the average women was found to have five items in their wardrobe which are exactly the same as something a friend or colleague owns.

Despite this one in ten said they would be annoyed with a friend who copied their style and bought something similar.


About 100kg of explosives have been used to demolish a 17-storey tower-block in Scotland -- in most impressive style.


Video footage shows the moment Motherwell's Glencairn Tower was blown down in a controlled five second explosion, to make way for new low-rise affordable housing.

Thousands of people also gathered around the landmark to watch the explosion, which was the culmination of months of meticulous planning.

While many of those there wanted to capture the destruction on their own cameras, others just wanted to make sure the tower -- for years seen as a blot on the landscape -- finally went.

275x250.jpg A team of researchers in the US have created the world's lightest material -- which is about one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam.

The new material is said to redefine the limits of lightweight materials because of its unique “micro-lattice” cellular architecture.

That means researchers were able to make a material that consists of 99.99 percent air by designing the 0.01 percent solid at the nanometer, micron and millimeter scales.

"The trick is to fabricate a lattice of interconnected hollow tubes with a wall thickness 1,000 times thinner than a human hair,” said lead author Dr Tobias Schaedler.


If you're anything like us, you'll like to fill every spare waking moment watching cute animals and ridiculous stunts on YouTube.

As such cooking a ready meal can feel like a wasted four minutes -- or it did before and engineering team of students created the YouTube microwave.

The μWave -- created as part of PennApps Data Hackathon -- takes the time your food will take to cook and then searched YouTube for an equally timed video.

Users then get to watch the selected clip as their meal is microwaved… and should you have got bored during the cooking, the microwave will also send you and SMS and a Tweet.


Skydivers have hurled their iPads to the ground from a height of 1300ft in a bid to test a new protective case.

A video, captured by head-mounted cameras, shows the skydivers using their Apple devices in the airplane before calmly jumping out.

They then continue to use the iPads as they hurtle towards the ground -- before zipping them into the protective sleeves and dropping them as they reach 1300ft.

Amazingly when the retrieve their iPads on the ground, they are still working… though makers G-Form wouldn't have released the video if they'd been left smashed to smithereens, would they.

275x250.jpg Visitors to West India Quays at Canary Wharf would have been forgiven for treading carefully after stumbling on this amazing 3D painting.

Artist Joe Hill was commissioned by Reebok Crossfit to create the massive and record breaking 1160.45m² painting of a waterfall and plunging cliffs.

Speaking of his record Joe said: "I am absolutely over the moon to have broken not one but two Guinness World Records for the longest and largest anamorphic painting!

"As a London based artist it is really special to create this artwork in the heart of the city and also to be able to bring the world records for 3D art back home to Britain where 3D art first started."

275x250.jpg In a bizarre race organised to celebrate Guinness World Records Day 2011 the fastest toilet took on the fastest mobility scooter and the smallest roadworthy car.

British inventors Edd China (Toilet, 42.25 mph); Colin Furze (Mobility Scooter, 71.59 mph); and Perry Watkins (Smallest Car, measuring 41 in high and 26 in wide, 30 mph) raced against one another.

The race at at West India Quay, London, was won by the world's fastest mobility scooter.


The captain of a flight from North Carolina to New York has caused a terror scare -- by accidentally locking himself in the toilet.


Fighter jets were even put on alert after the captain of the Chatauqua Airlines flight disappeared to the loo and didn't come back.

And what made it worse was that the co-pilot became suspicious when the captain sent a foreign-sounding passenger to the cock-pit to explain the situation.

"The captain disappeared. What I'm being told is he's stuck in the toilet and someone with a thick foreign accent is giving me a password to access the cockpit," the co-pilot said to air traffic control.

275x250.jpg It was a matter of national pride which saw 262 people in Ireland dress at leprechauns and meet at Canal Theatre, Dublin.

The members of the public were determined to reclaim the record for largest gathering of people dressed as leprechauns from America as part of Guinness World Records Day 2011.

And, as you might have guessed from the above photo, they managed it.

Derek Mooney from organisers RTE Radio One said: “We believe that a record for leprechauns belongs to its native soil and we’re really pleased to bring it back to Ireland”.

275x250.jpg Despite having been born in 1920, Bernice Mary Bates is more flexible than most teenagers -- in fact she's recently been recognised as the Oldest Yoga Teacher.

The 91-year-old celebrated gaining a place in the record books by performing a series of poses at Mainlands Retirement Community Centre in Pinellas Park, Florida.

After being presented with her certificate by Guinness World Records, Bernice said: "I’m truly overwhelmed.  I’ll continue with Yoga for as long as I can."

275x250.jpg A moat-crossing bridge which was designed to blend into the background at a Dutch fort has become a tourist attraction itself after being dubbed the 'Moses bridge'.

Bosses at RO & AD Architects said it would have been "improper" to build a bridge across the West Brabant Water Line in Halsteren, so set about creating an invisible crossing.

The result was an amazing (and award-winning) Moses-style sunken walkway beneath the water level at Fort de Roovere

A spokesperson for RO & AD Architects said: "Its construction is entirely made of wood, waterproofed with foil." We think they forgot to mention the magic.

275x250.jpg When he couldn't get his iPhone to work Michael Skopec didn't know what to do, so he called 911… five times.

Police have now released his frankly bizarre series of calls in a bid to prevent other idiots wasting their time.

Kendall County Sheriff's Department say an intoxicated Skopec called them asking "Why is my iPhone not working?" and adding: "My emergency is my fucking phone don’t work."

In other calls he asks "Why can’t I dial the numbers I used to be able to dial?" and "Why can’t you direct me to the AT&T people?"

When 911 operators told him they were sending an officer round to his house “That’s pretty dumb,” Skopec remarked. “On whose part?” the operator replied.

275x250.jpg Foodie cheese-makers have created what they hope will be an indulgent addition to your Christmas menu -- a Stilton cheese made of real gold.

Clawson Stilton Gold will sell for £60.87 per 100g slice, or £608 a kilo -- that's 67 times more pricey than regular Stilton.

Taking the title of the most expensive UK cheese ever made it would even cost £6 just for the cheese to top one cracker.

Makers Clawson say the premium white Stilton is so expensive because it's shot-through with a combination of real edible gold leaf, real gold-liqueur.

They claim to have already been contacted by a Gulf-based oil sheikh and a famous pop star desperate to add a piece of the unique cheese.


Prime Minister David Cameron's attempt at putting on a funny Aussie accent at a recent event was so bad some commentators say it "it could cause a diplomatic row."

Cameron had been making a speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet in London when he recounted his trip to Australia for the Commonwealth heads of government meeting.

"After the meeting, I turned to the Australian prime minister and said, 'Thank you very much Julia for allowing us to have this meeting in Australia.',"

"And she said - I can't quite do the accent but I'll try - 'Not a bit David, this is good news for Sheilas everywhere.'"

275x250.jpg A new course has launched in the UK which promises to teach zombie apocalypse-fearing folk everything they need to survive an undead uprising.

Zombie Boot Camp -- which runs in Driotwich, Worcestershire and costs £59 -- has been specially created in order to help train and prepare people for the eventuality of a zombie invasion.

The experience day sees would-be zombie battlers take part in training from expert military instructors before being kitted out in helmets, safety goggles and Kevlar body armour.

Then it's on to learning how to fight zombies with weapons including a pistol, grenades a rifle and a chainsaw -- before taking part in a training exercise and tackling a warehouse full of zombies.

275x250.jpg Parents of two children treat their youngest as the favourite, new research has found.
 

A study of 1,803 parents shows that 59 per cent of the time, parents will subconsciously choose the youngest child over the eldest.
 
In particular, mums and dads are more likely to side with a younger child in an argument, lavish them with more attention, let them have their own way and spend longer reading with them.
 
Younger children also benefit from more treats and cuddles, and their parents find it hard refusing them anything they want.
 
Of the 1,803 people questioned, only 23 per cent of parents were prepared to admit they DID have a favourite child – of these, 54 per cent chose their youngest child.

275x250.jpg A series of bizarre images on Google Maps showing strange structures and patterns in the Gobi desert in China have sparked conspiracy theories.

Images show massive grid-like and spiral patterns marked into the ground in the less than 100 miles from the headquarters of China's space programme in Jiuquan.

Some people believe the markings prove that China is planning an attack on the US and that one grid is similar to the layout of streets in the US capital.

The spiral pattern also appears to be peppered with military trucks and planes while another grid is 18 miles long and contains giant metallic-looking squares or holes.

275x250.jpg Animal rights campaign group PETA has launched a scathing attack on an unusual target -- the Nintendo video-game mascot Mario.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals say that in the latest Mario game, Super Mario 3D Land, the famous plumber appears to wear fur.

This is a reference to a magical Tanooki suit which grants the mustachioed one special powers in the game.

However it appears that even wearing digital fur is a no-no for PETA who point out that in real-life tanuki are raccoon dogs who are skinned alive for their fur.
 
PETA have also released a parody online game which sees ethical gamers take control of a skinned raccoon pursuing Mario.

275x250.jpg Baroness Trumpington recently became one of our favourite politicians -- after flicking the V to a colleague in the House of Lords.

Lord King had been talking about how the survivors of World War I "faded away" before adding that "then the survivors of World War II started to look pretty old as well".

He then noted that Trumpington, 89 -- who had served at wartime listening station at Bletchley Park-- was the House's only remaining survivor from WWII.

But unimpressed by the comment, Trumpington appeared to give a "two-fingered salute" to the 78-year-old former defence secretary.



A time-lapse video of the Earth -- shot by astronauts on board the International Space Station -- has captured an extraordinary view of the northern lights.


The amazing footage of the Aurora Borealis was recorded by the crews of expeditions 28 and 29 using a special low-light 4K-camera 240 miles above Earth and edited together.

Produced by German artist Michael Konig, the five-minute video starts off by showing the USA before moving on to Australia where the Aurora Australis are visible.

The footage also takes in flashes of lightning in the clouds, light caused by human cities and moving satellites illuminated by the sun… now we suggest you stop reading this and press play.

275x250.jpg Artist Erik Kessels had put on an unusual exhibition in Amsterdam -- by filling a gallery with print-outs of all the photos uploaded to Flickr in a 24 hour period.

And that's a lot of photos. Around a million in fact. Meaning Foam is filled with a positive avalanche of images, the majority of which can't be seen.

Kessels says the work is a response to the overload of images we are exposed to nowadays thought social networks and image-sharing sites.

"By printing all the images uploaded in a 24-hour period, I visualise the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples' experiences," he said.

275x250.jpg Seven in ten women spend up to 20 minutes deliberating over whether to have a dessert in a restaurant, a survey has found.
 
The research discovered most finally give in to temptation, after wasting time worrying about their waistline and not wanting to look unhealthy in front of their partner.
 
In fact, sixty per cent of those that can’t resist a pudding, opt to share their dessert with a friend or partner to spare themselves the guilt afterwards.
 
Yet, despite this most of the women surveyed said they would choose a dessert over a starter and even a main course, with many admitting that a pudding is their favourite part of a whole meal.

Men on the other hand don’t think twice about ordering a dessert and are more likely to consider the cost of the pudding than the calories.


A hippopotamus which shot to internet fame after being raised as a pet in South Africa -- and letting his owner ride him -- has mauled his keeper to death.


Humphrey the Hippo had become web famous after videos of him emerged being hand-fed apples and letting owner Marius Els ride him.

While some said this would only end badly, Els -- who raised the 1,200 kg animal since it was just five months old -- said he had a unique bond with the beast.

However, Humphrey is reported to have recently bit Els -- before dragging him into the water and killing him on the 400-acre farm in South Africa which was home.

275x250.jpg Festive hampers are normally full of tasty treats like mince pies and Christmas puddings -- but not this one, this contains an ice axe and rescue flares.

That's because the £699 Adventure Hamper -- which goes on sale at Selfridges -- has been created by Bompas & Parr for would-be explorers.

The hamper is said to contain an array of provisions and equipment to inspire adventure including functional pickles and jams that will help with malaria, altitude sickness or insect bites.

Candied Milk is there as a high fat preserve for cold climates, pickled shallots & juniper could be used to wash jellyfish stings and garlic & mustard seed, to prevent insect bites.

But it's not all functional foods… there's also a Magnum of a Piper-Heidsieck Rare Vintage 1998 to celebrate the successful expedition.

275x250.jpg Police in Derbyshire have arrested 19 suspected criminals after luring them to meetings with offers of free beer.

Officers contacted dozens of suspects who'd evaded arrest and posing as a marketing company said they's won a free crate of beer.

They then arranged where the crooks -- who included those suspected of committing burglary and robbery to a serious sexual assault -- could go to collect their free beer.

However, when the unsuspecting criminals arrived, they were confronted by Derbyshire police and promptly arrested.

They never got their free crate of beer. Shame!

275x250.jpg A third of under 30s in the UK have only ever been on a beach holiday; as opposed to going on a city break or activity-based holiday, it's been found.

The discovery about how unadventurous young people can be when it comes to choosing a holiday was found by a poll of more than 1,600 people.

While 33% of those polled had only ever been on a beach holiday, 7% said they'd only ever been on a city break, whilst 11% confessed to only ever going on ‚ski holidays‚.

57% of the beach only holidaymakers said it was due to the fact beach holidays were the kind of holiday that they liked the best while 12%, said they found them "more affordable".

Despite the findings, two fifths, 41%, said they would like to be "more adventurous" when it came to their holidays.

275x250.jpg Staff at an aquarium have resorted to tricking fish into being healthy after they avoided taking their vitamin supplements.

When the grey variety of Mullet got wise to being fed vitamins, workers at SeaLife Blackpool resorted to hiding the supplements in porridge oats.

Surprisingly the greedy Mullet loved the oats so much they have now becomes a staple on the menu -- and the fish are getting their vitamins.

Head Aquarist, Scott Blacker, said: "Mullet love the stodgy texture of porridge and there is always a feeding frenzy when the Readybreak comes out.


If you think you've seen some cumbersome and awkward dance moves on Strictly Come Dancing, think again and meet the man who dances with a digger.


Dominique Boivin, an experimental French choreographer, has recently scored an online hit after performing dance routines with a digger.

During his shows Boivin climbs on the digger, prances around the bucket and dodges the spinning excavator in time to classical music.

He also dangled precariously from the raised bucket and is lifted of the ground by the machinery... unsurprisingly he doesn't return the favour.

275x250.jpg A US man who is full of the festive spirit has been arrested after breaking into a home and decorating it ready for Christmas.

Terry Trent reportedly let himself into the Ohio home before he lit a candle and turned on the TV.

The 44-year-old then proceeded to put up the Christmas decorations and lights before sitting back on the sofa and continuing to watch TV.

When the 11-year-old son of the family returned home, Trent -- reportedly high on bath salts -- apologised for scaring the lad and offered to leave.

However the boy called 911 and cops say the man, who was carrying a pocket knife, was arrested and charged with burglary.

275x250.jpg Living in a city-centre might not prevent you from embracing your bee-keeper dreams for much longer -- after Phillips revealed the urban beehive.

Designers who say we are disturbing its equilibrium, have tried to tackle the issue of dwindling bee numbers with the bizarre concept.

The urban beehive is designed to fit to the windows of apartment blocks and consists of a entry passage and flower pot outside and a glass vessel containing an array of honeycomb frames, inside.

The glass shell filters light to let through the orange wavelength which bees use for sight. The frames are provided with a honeycomb texture for bees to build their wax cells on.

To access the honey, users pull a cord to release smoke into the hive and calm the bees before it's opening it… and if it's not working you've just got 10,000 angry bees in your flat.


Extreme surfer Garrett McNamara has broken a surf world record -- by riding a 90-ft wave off the coast of Praia do Norte in Portugal and surviving.


McNamara was tow-in surfing with pal Andrew Cotton in the ZON North Canyon Project when the 90 feet mega-wave formed.

And amazing video footage, shot by fellow surfers and a camera on Garrett's own board shows the moment he managed to ride the wall of water.

Speaking about the wave, Garrett said: "I feel so blessed and honoured to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town. The waves here are such a mystery." Not bad for a mystery.
275x250.jpg Everybody knows you shouldn't give your dog a sip of your beer, but pooches no longer have to miss out -- because a new brew made specifically for dogs has gone on sale.

Bowser Beer really is a beer made for dogs. But unlike your Stella Artois it won't get them drunk and it's designed with their digestive system in mind.

While the beer contains the same malt barley brewers use, the vitamins are good for shiny coats, the hops (which are dangerous to dogs) are replaced with beef or chicken.

As for the taste, it's described as being a "beefy-malty broth" which most dogs lap it up either straight out of the bottle or over ice or their food.

275x250.jpgForget carefully thought-out Christmas presents, the majority of us will opt for standard gifts like gift cards or smellies this festive season.

A poll of more than 2,000 Brits discovered that two thirds of us also buy friends and loved ones Christmas presents with an ‘ulterior motive’ in mind.
 
52%, purchase presents for friends that they can also benefit from; such as concert tickets while 21% gift presents they would like to eventually ’borrow’.

Other gifts which prove most popular include meals out, CDs, DVDs.

A spokesperson for Grantmywishapp.com, which conduced the study said: "It may seem pretty selfish to admit to buying a present for someone that you will also benefit from, but let’s face it; we all love being taken out for dinner!"

275x250.jpg Five Humboldt penguins were the first to try out a London ice rink recently -- amusing passing commuters on their way to work in the process.

The penguins were brought in from Heythrop Zoological Gardens in Oxfordshire to give the rink an inaugural waddling.

And though native to the coasts of Chile and Peru, the penguins seemed sufficiently happy with a chunk of ice in the heart of the City of London’s square mile.

Described as London’s only “turn up and skate” outdoor ice rink, Broadgate Ice, is now open to the public… who don't look nearly as cute.


A near-miss which saw a man using a chainsaw fall towards the blade and nearly cut his face open was caught on live TV in the US.


WTVW man Drew Gardner had been reporting on storm damage in Illinois as a worker used the chainsaw on a downed tree in the background.

But then in a moment which will have had eagle-eyed viewer terrified, the man -- who wasn't wearing protective clothing -- fell in a ditch and towards the chainsaw he was holding.

Luckily he somehow managed to avoid cutting off his face and corrected his fall at the last second… depriving the news show of a scoop.

275x250.jpgResearchers found the average couple falls out four times a week, with over-spending and a lack of help around the house some of the most likely triggers.
 

Six in ten of the 2,000 adults polled said stress 'tips them over the edge' and sparks fights with loved ones, which wouldn't happen under normal circumstances.
 
Feeling worked up is also affecting parents' relationships with their kids, causing a slump in productivity at work and putting couples’ sex lives on hold.
 
The average couple endured two stress-related arguments 12 months ago, but recession and the expense of Christmas means tension is building up in millions of British households.
 
Other common triggers include, diet, commuting, and a lack of sex… and constantly going on about odd surveys.

Does video show Canadian Loch Ness Monster?


Video footage from British Columbia's Okanagan Lake shows what it's claimed could be a Canadian Loch Ness Monster.


Sure it looks like nothing more than a ripple in the water (or three floating logs as some cynics say) but the man behind the camera, Richard Huls, insists it's Ogopogo.

For the uninitiated Ogopogo is Canada's version of Scotland’s infamous Loch Ness Monster and has been 'seen' on more than a thousand occasions since 1860.

However, despite the multitude of sightings, the only proof it exists are a couple of grainy photos and this video… which kind of says it all.

Man run over by model train in back garden

275x250.jpgA man has been taken to hospital after getting run over by a model train set in his back garden.

The unnamed man in his seventies had been sitting on the large-scale model locomotive in Wilmcote, near Stratford when it left the tracks and fell off a garden wall.

The OAP train fan was left trapped under the model train for 30 minutes until ambulance crews and firefighters arrived and were able to release him.

He was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and is said to have suffered abdominal and pelvic injuries.

It's not known when the garden-based train schedule will be back on schedule.


We've often wondered what sort of fast food deers like (you know, during quiet moments at the office) -- but luckily this video gives us the answer.


A deer recently shocked staff and diners when it smashed though a window of a taco restaurant in Georgia and proceeded to charge around.

CCTV footage shows chaos in the eatery as the animal runs around -- with staff generally running away while diners want to get closer.

The fun ended when a server opened the door to the patio and the deer exited. But not before breaking one of its antlers off… and probably ordering a taco.

275x250.jpg The tooth fairy pays children in London more for their teeth than those in any other region of the UK, a study has revealed.

A poll of parents found that of the 61 percent of kids who are visited by the tooth fairy, those in London get the most -- an average of £5.10 for each missing milk tooth.

The second best place to live for cashing in on the profitable tooth market was found to be Cambridge (£5.00) followed by Cardiff (£4.75)

Other good places to make the most out of the tooth fairy were Liverpool (£4.50) and Manchester (£4.35).

However, we think the old TF might have something against some towns and cities -- in Hull Portsmouth and York she pays out 10p or under per tooth.

275x250.jpg When a driver in Hampshire couldn't start their car, they assumed there was a mechanical problem and called a rescue service.

But the fault was actually due to a squirrel preparing for winter by stashing hundreds of nuts in the air intake pipe and box.

AA man Andy Smith said: "When I looked over the car there was no obvious fault. I tried all the usual things but was left puzzled when nothing worked.

However, spotting an air pipe collapsing while the engine was being revved Andy took the air intake off and the cause of the problem became immediately apparent.

275x250.jpg An eccentric publisher has literally created a crazy calendar - based on some of the UK's most notorious MENTAL ASYLUMS.

The barmy 2012 calendar features twelve former mental institutions from across the country, including some of the most famous 'madhouses' in UK history.

They include Bethlem Royal Hospital of London - also known as 'Bedlam' - and Cane Hill Pauper Lunatic Asylum, where Charlie Chaplin's mother was once an inmate.

The £8.50 planner is the work of Kevin Beresford, and he says it's been a surprise smash-hit since it was launched two weeks ago. And people told him he was mad to make it.

10,000 domino display falls at Penn Museum


A US museum has put on a cool exhibit to celebrate their 'year of game' -- a massive display with 10,000 falling dominoes.

Pennsylvania museum called in the expertise of Mike and Steve Perrucci -- known as the Super Domino Brothers -- to help them with the display.

The duo spent 15 hours assembling the 10,000 handmade dominoes in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Then, in front of an assembled audience they were set off in domino effect (obviously) and amazingly it went off without a hitch.

275x250.jpg The mile high club might not be just for couples much longer -- after  Ryanair bosses announced plans to screen in-flight porn.

Michael O'Leary reportedly said the airline is looking at introducing a pornographic site which travellers could access on iPads or smartphones.

Describing it as being like hotel room pay-TV services, he said the service could also offer gambling games.

It's thought the service could take over a year to get off the ground -- if customers don't mind the idea of the people next to them watching porn.

And knowing Ryanair, it would probably also start selling outlandishly priced boxes of tissues with the service.

275x250.jpg A group of cute baby red squirrels have become an online hit after a gust of wind knocked them out a tree and they were taken in by a wildlife centre.

After losing their home, the red squirrels were relocated by their new foster mother, Eileen Welsh, in Morpeth, who keeps them at her home.

And that's where the guys from The Cute Show! on Vice.com caught up with them and took these rather cute pictures.

A spokesperson for vice.com said: "We stopped by Eileen's house at feeding time to make some furry new friends."


A video of a young boy being busted strutting his stuff to Smooth Criminal while he did the dishes has become an online hit.

Little Frankie had asked his dad to put the Michael Jackson hit on the stereo while he did the dishes… and it soon becomes clear why.

To start with the lad can be seen nodding his head to the music, before busting out a series of more and more impressive dance moves.

By the end of the footage -- shot by dad on a mobile phone -- he's really going for it… until he sees the camera and his laughing father.

275x250.jpg It's no laughing matter that inappropriate us of NHS emergency services costs up to £100 million each year.

Well actually it is, in a bid to discourage inappropriate visits to A&E the NHS have produced a series of comedy videos.

The series of videos feature actors posing as patients and reenacting some of the most bizarre and pointless trips to the hospital.

Dr Mike Cheshire, medical director at NHS North West said: "The tales told in the videos are very funny and they are extreme cases, but there are very serious issues behind them."

Inappropriate A&E visits include a woman asking for help after a hair dye disaster, a man with a poorly dog and a boy with diarrhoea. Lovely.


As a health a safety instructor, Paul Cavanagh knows the importance of using items like ladders correctly… or he should.

Unfortunately he recently came a cropper while giving a demonstration to colleagues on how to prevent accidents and embarrassingly fell, toppling to the ground.

Even worse for him, the moment was caught on camera and has since gone viral online. And after bosses saw the clip he's reportedly been suspended.

In the video Cavanagh is seen working outside a semi-detached house in Gateshead without a hard-hat, not holding on with his hands… and falling over a fence and into a neighbouring garden.

275x250.jpg A 400-meter-wide asteroid is due to cross Earth-Moon orbit later today --but don't worry NASA assure us we're not going to be hit by the hurtling space rock.

The catichily-named 2005 YU55 will pass 15 percent closer to Earth than the Moon’s typical orbit, which is pretty close in space terms.

First discovered in 2005 by Robert McMillan of the Spacewatch Program, the asteroid has been previously observed but NASA hope today's fly-by will reveal a wealth of information.

They hope to discover detail about the asteroid’s surface features, shape, and dimensions -- not what happens if it hits us.


A gaffe at a firework display in Scotland saw pyrotechnics which should have lasted 30 minutes launched in a matter of seconds.


The result was that Oban Community Firework display went off with quite a bang -- or rather several at the same time.

While the display should have lasted half an hour, the technical hitch meant they were all launched within 60 seconds.

Apologising for the pyrotechnic premature-ejaculation Councillor Roddie McCuish told the crowd: "I have some terrible news -- the fireworks have all gone off at once." 

275x250.jpg A London council has revealed a list of the strangest items residents have tried to recycle -- including sex toy and an urn containing ashes.

Bosses at Enfield Council decided to produce a list of the top 10 strangest items placed in recycling bins in a bid to highlight the recycling properly.

In addition to used nappies and tissues being placed in recycling bins, residents there also tried to recycle blow up dolls, vibrators and an urn containing ashes.

Cllr Chris Bond, said: "It beggars belief what some people have placed in their recycling."

Other items on the list include dead pets, dumb bells and oil paintings… hopefully this wasn't all from the same family.


Goalkeeper Virgil Vries has been left red-faced after an amazing cock-up of his has been dubbed one of the worst goalkeeping gaffes of all time.

The Golden Arrows keeper had been having a good game against Amazulu in South Africa when defender Robyn Johannes knocked the ball slowly back to him.

But Vries somehow managed to make the easy ball look like great shot and as he tried to stop it with his foot he fell over and the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Thanks to the blunder Golden Arrows lost the match 2-1… next up we'd like to see them take on Torpedo Zhodino.

275x250.jpg The US government has officially responded to calls for them to "acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence here on Earth" -- by saying there isn't one.

Conspiracy theorists had hoped the petitions on the White House website would force officials to declare they'd already made contact with little green men.

But the response states the American government has no proof to support the existence of aliens, UFO landings, abductions, or aliens living among us.

"The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race," it reads.

It goes on to say: "There is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye."  But they would say that wouldn't they.


Police in the US have arrested a crook dubbed the "Dancing Shoplifter" after CCTV footage showed him strutting his stuff while stealing clothes.

26-year-old Anthony DiVietro had been bouncing and bopping to in-store music at a Kmart store in Blackwood when a surveillance camera saw him stuffing a dress under his shirt.

While security staff tried to stop him, the man tossed the dress and fled the scene before police could get there.

However, officers posted the incriminating clip online and say the popularity of the Dancing Shoplifter video helped them get their man. Dumb crook 0, YouTube 1!

275x250.jpg Train passengers in Yorkshire couldn't believe their ears when they were told they couldn't exit a train -- because of reports of a lion on the loose.

West Yorkshire Police had received a call from a woman driving in the village of Shepley, stating that she thought she'd seen a lion.

This prompted them to launch a 12 officer search for the beast and notify rail operators that it may not be safe for passengers to disembark at the nearby station.

National Rail Enquiries said on Twitter: "Passengers are currently unable to alight from trains at Shepley due to reports by police of a lion in the area."

However officers were unable to find the elusive lion, and because no-one had reporting their lion going missing, the two-hour operation was called off.

275x250.jpg Police in Pennsylvania say two men have been arrested after stealing a teenager's meatball sandwich at gunpoint.

The dopey duo apparently robbed a 13-year-old-boy by threatening him with a gun and telling him to empty his pockets.

But they then proceeded to take just his tasty meatball sandwich before fleeing in a nearby car.

Officers say they soon arrested the sandwich-nabbing men because the teen called 911 from his mobile… which the duo failed to take.

Police say they recovered a gun and the sandwich… it's not clear what happened to the sandwich after it was taken into police custody.


A bride who performed an amazing dance routine at her wedding with her father (rather than the groom) has become an online hit.


When Ashley Richmond married her husband Nicholas she took to the dance floor with dad David Sparks to strut her stuff.

Performing to a medley of ten songs including the Temptations classic My Girl and The Jackson Five's ABCs the duo went down a storm with the guests.

The impressive four-and-a-half minute dance routine came to an end with Beyoncé's Single Ladies and the line 'If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it!'


275x250.jpg The temperature of the house sparks more arguments during winter than any other subject, according to research.
 

Thousands of British couples crank up the heating the minute summer comes to an end  causing the bickering to start.
 
Four out of ten couples will have at least two arguments every day about the heating and in two thirds of cases couples will bicker because he is hot while she is cold.
 
More than half of those polled admitted during winter, one of them often finds it difficult to sleep because they are too warm.

The study of 2,000 homeowners also found the bedroom is the scene of most rows… presumably because it is not hot enough there!

275x250.jpg Perth Mint in Australia has produced the world's largest gold coin -- a monster measuring nearly 80cm wide and more than 12cm deep.

The giant coin -- which features Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a kangaroo on the other -- weighs one tonne.

Though it also has a nominal value of A$1million (£650,000) the current costs of gold would make it worth around £35m.

Ed Harbuz of Perth Mint said: "To cast and handcraft a coin of this size and weight was an incredible challenge."

Unfortunately for anyone hoping to make a fortune by buying the coin and melting it down, the practise is illegal.


Police officers rarely get to live the high-octane life of action movie cops… but these guys from Brazil appear to.


Amazing video footage, which has found its way to YouTube, shows a team cops chasing a plane filled with $150,000 worth of stolen electronics.

After trying to shoot the plane the driver of the car decides the best way to stop the crooks from getting away would be to drive into their plane.

So that's what he does, smashing into the wing and preventing the plane from taking off. They then stormed towards the crashed plane waving their guns… so what did you do at work today?


275x250.jpg A Scandinavian lingerie firm has come under fire from unions after apparently making employees wear tags displaying their breast size.

Staff at 'Change' in Sweden say they are getting fed up with dirty old men going into the store and commenting on the size their boobs.

It's claimed that workers at the store felt pressured into wearing the tags -- designed to help shoppers -- which some feel are demeaning.

However, bosses at the firm say that wearing the breast measurement tags is voluntary and that they had been introduced after being suggested by staff.

Unions say they could now sue the firm… adding that men selling underwear are not forced to wear a badge with their size.

275x250.jpg Until this morning we'd never heard of a manned multicopter. But now -- after seeing this video -- it's all we can think about!

German engineers have revealed what they think will be the future of personal flight… a bizarre flying seat surrounded by  sixteen propellers.

Produced by the firm e-volo, the multicopter is described as being "an innovative, vertically starting, human carrying transportation device."

Personally if we were describing it we'd say it's an office chair, mounted on a space-hopper and surrounded by toy helicopters… not that we have a problem with that.


A bride has seen her wedding video become an online hit after the cameraman caught her sending a text message during the ceremony.


Jim Costa, who shot the video back in 2008, recently posted the video to YouTube, commenting on the bride's unusual behaviour.

"It was otherwise perfectly normal except for this one funny clip of the bride TEXTING just after her dad walked her down the [aisle]!" he wrote.

"The minister was busy reading his opening comments and her back was to everyone in attendance. I was the only one to see her." That was until he uploaded it and the clip went viral.

275x250.jpg Earlier this year we told you about an Apple iPad 2 which had gone on sale for £5m after being pimped out with gold and dinosaur bones.

Well Stuart Hughes, the jeweller who created it, says someone's only gone and bought one!

Featuring a 24ct gold back and 53 individually set sparkling gems making up the iconic Apple logo the device has been dubbed the iPad 2 Gold History.

The front is made from Ammolite, 75 million-year-old rock which has been finished with T-REX Dinosaur’s thigh bone.

And while we doubted the device even existed, it's now been reported that one has been sold to an undisclosed customer. So that's that then.

275x250.jpg Sleep-starved Brits are more likely to wake up at 3.44am than at any other time during the night, a study has revealed.
 
Researchers found the typical Brit is woken twice a night by dripping taps, noisy neighbours, snoring, kicking partners and pawing pets.
 
The study also showed four in ten struggle to fall asleep, with the average Brit taking 46 minutes to nod off.
 
Worries about money and work were the most common culprits, whilst one sixth blamed eating late and too much caffeine.
 
Nearly half said they felt tired all day long as a result of their interrupted sleep and one in five admitted finding themselves nodding off during the day… maybe they were reading newslite!


This video shows the terrifying moment a Boeing 767 was forced to touch down in Warsaw without wheels when its landing gear failed to open.


The flight from Newark, New Jersey was carrying 230 passengers onboard and circled above the airport for about an hour before crash landing.

None of the passengers were injured in the emergency landing which saw the plane slide along the ground with sparks flying.

Firefighters had sprayed the landing strip with fire-fighting substances before the plane came down and then sprayed it as passengers disembarked.

275x250.jpg We once built a sandcastle which we thought was a work of art -- but it didn't have anything on these beach-based creations.

Jersey's beaches were recently transformed into it a series of artworks at the MyMemory.com World Beach Art Championships.

Competitors battled it out by drawing masterpieces in the sand with French artist Sam Dougados crowned champion for his design of parallel lines and concentric circles.

However, tourists didn't have long to appreciate the artworks -- the sea soon turned the beach into a blank canvas again.

275x250.jpg People will spend less money this Christmas than any other for the last five years, it has been found.

Research into spending habits discovered Christmas 2011 is set to be the most low-budget since 2007.

57% of the 1,462 people polled also said they do not feel prepared financially for the festive season.

And after feeling the pinch due to the recent economic downturn, the majority of people say they will be spending less than recent years.

Asked to estimate how much Christmas will cost them £692.18 was the average; just over half of the average amount spent in 2007.


A footballer in Romania has been punched in the head by a crazed fan who ran onto the pitch and disrupted the game.


Steaua Bucharest had just scored in their clash against Petrolul Ploiesti -- taking the score to 2-0 -- when the man invaded the pitch.

After running past security staff the man, dressed all in black, he ran behind defender George Galamaz and whacked him in the side of the head.

Other players then grabbed the man and knocked him to the ground before repeatedly kicking him -- two were sent off for their actions.

275x250.jpg Brits no longer buy Birthday presents for their loved ones unless supplied with a ‘wish list’ and the majority simply put money in a gift card.

A poll hoping to discover more about our gift giving habits recently asked more than 1,000 people what gifts they buy for loved ones.

It was discovered that when not supplied with a wish list the majority are unimaginative with 87% sometimes simply giving money in a card.

The second most common gift was ‘gift vouchers' with 81% of the vote and 69%, of the respondents stated that they purchase ‘smellies’ for family or friends.

58% stated that they buy their loved ones ‘wine’ when they are unsure on what to purchase, followed by the 53% who have bought ‘chocolates’


When Brittany Hillards' boyfriend decided to pop the question, he probably wanted to sweep her off her feet -- is so mission accomplished.

That's because after blindfolding her on their one year anniversary of dating he got down on one knee… and she promptly fainted and joined him on the floor.

Cameron had taken a blindfolded Brittany to a state park a few minutes away from their home after arranging for friends and family to be there.

Then after taking the blindfold off he dropped to his knee and asked her to marry him. When she finally came round after passing out, she said yes.

275x250.jpg The average Brit only feels at the top of their game for one day of the working week - and usually on a Tuesday, it has emerged.
 

Researchers who studied the lifestyles of 2,000 adults found work stress, sleepless nights and money issues leave many of us unable to give 100 per cent every day.
 
Tuesday morning at around 11.30am was identified as the point when most people feel at their most efficient, having struggled through Monday and come to terms with the week's workload.
 
Fridays and Mondays are our least efficient days, while Saturdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm emerged as the point when we are at our most relaxed, according to the research.
 
So what do you think, were you at the top of your game this morning… we know we weren't.

275x250.jpg A hospital in Australia was put on lock-down after it was discovered that a patient had a handgun hidden in his prosthetic leg.

It's claimed the 66-year-old man -- who was admitted to St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney to have his second leg amputated -- was hiding the weapon.

The gun had been spotted by staff and the gun, along with two rounds of ammunition, were later discovered by police.

No-one was threatened with the gun and it's not clear why the man had taken it to the hospital but he and two visitor were charged with a range of offences.

It's also not clear whether the man was able to get his second prosthetic leg fitted with a machine gun.


Last week we looked at what we thought could be the best Halloween costume of the year (the functioning camera) but this gaping torso hole is our new favourite.


NASA employee Mark Rober used two Apple iPad 2s to create the costume which looks like he has a gaping hole in his torso.

The rocket scientist from California says the costume wasn't exactly brain surgery and was as simple as starting a Facetime video chat between the two devices.

They were then fixed to his body with duct tape and blood splattered hole cut in his body to give the result which looks like a hole straight thought him.

275x250.jpg A couple of years ago we made up a April Fools story that iPods get heavier with more music -- so  we approached this story with some trepidation.

But according to respected scientists from University of California, Berkeley, E-readers really do get heavier with each book. Honest.

Prof John Kubiatowicz recently claimed that holding more books on your Kindle does make it heavier -- even though each new book is only as heavy as a single molecule of DNA.

Kubiatowicz claims this is because storing new data involves holding electrons in a fixed place and take up more energy. Personally we preferred our explanation about the ratio of ones to zeros.

Haunted house scares reporter off her feet


A TV journalist was left red-faced after being literally scared off her feet during a live report about a Halloween haunted house.


Kimberly Craig of ABC 7 Action News in Detroit had been chatting to bosses at the attraction in Michigan as a group of zombie actors moved around them.

Then as they got closer, a spokesperson for the attraction asked Craig to turn around and look at a projection screen. When she did, it exploded and the news reporter hit the ground.

The zombies and axe-wielding maniacs then gathered around her as she spoke to the studio saying: "You know what, they don't pay me enough…"




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